[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E146]
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                             HON. JIM COSTA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Monday, February 6, 2017

  Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and career of 
Mr. Larry Pistoresi, Sr., lifelong resident and deeply involved 
community member of Chowchilla. Mr. Pistoresi's unfailing drive to 
improve his community has been an inspiration to countless others who 
have crossed his path. His genuine character and love for the people of 
Chowchilla will be deeply missed by those fortunate enough to have 
known him.
  Larry Pistoresi, Sr. was born in Berenda, California and raised in 
Chowchilla, where he spent his childhood and teenage years attending 
local schools. After graduating from Chowchilla High School in 1942, 
Mr. Pistoresi served in the United States Air Force for 3 years, and 
returned to Chowchilla to work as a car salesman with his father, Pete. 
After surmounting great success as a car salesman, Mr. Pistoresi 
eventually joined Pistoresi Chevrolet in partnership with his father, 
and brother Monte. After selling Pistoresi Chevrolet, Mr. Pistoresi 
continued working as a car salesman at Steve's Chevrolet until he 
celebrated his 92nd birthday.
  As a public figure and role model for the people of Chowchilla, Mr. 
Pistoresi's track record has excelled above and beyond what most would 
consider as impressive. Mr. Pistoresi joined the Chowchilla Rotary Club 
in 1949 when he was 25 years old, and did not miss a single meeting for 
68 years. He was a founder of the Board of Directors of the Chowchilla 
District Memorial Hospital, which was created in 1954, and has served 
under virtually every position on the Board, including Director, 
President, and permanent Chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Pistoresi 
also served in the Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce since 1970, where he 
had perfect attendance for 46 years.
  To list every accomplishment and public service provided by Mr. 
Pistoresi would require far more time than we have here today. However, 
it should be stated firmly that few people, if any, have served the 
community of Chowchilla in the same capacity, and with the same fervor 
as Mr. Pistoresi did throughout the course of his long, fruitful life. 
He is remembered by his family and friends, including his wife of 44 
years, Velma, his sons Larry Pistoresi, Jr., Jerry Danieli, and Kent 
Danieli, his sisters Violet and Irene, his brother Monte, and many 
members of his extended family, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-
grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join me in honoring the life and 
career of Mr. Larry Pistoresi, Sr., one of the most recognizable and 
hard-working figures in the community of Chowchilla. The level of 
devotion he has provided to the people around him has proven to be an 
unparalleled catalyst for the growth and advancement of Chowchilla.